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Horwill & Cooper start Super Rugby training early

Reds captain James Horwill celebrates a victory with Quade Cooper

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Article Published: Tuesday 7 January 2014|

Reds Super Rugby captain James Horwill and Vice Captain Quade Cooper have returned to training with the Reds a week ahead of schedule.

Cooper has a boxing bout in a couple of weeks and is officially still on leave as he played every minute of the Wallabies end of year tour so he has started training part-time with the rest of his rest team mates.

The Reds took two weeks off over Christmas and the New Year and before the break they had been training for 11 weeks.

Every member of the Reds who was on the Wallabies' Spring Tour has completed sessions since returning to Australia.

Reds Captain James Horwill said after an early morning session that he's enjoyed the return to training with the team.

"It's good to be back, it's been nice and warm for the first couple of days and it's great to be back with the boys and training again," Horwill said.

"It's always nice to hit the ground running and be able to get straight back into pre-season."

"I've been really pleased with the enthusiasm of the guys, seeing how well the group is getting along and how excited and positive they all are is really pleasing. Everything's looking very good at this stage."

Head coach Richard Graham expressed just how important the next five weeks of training will be for the Reds, as they prepare for their first trial match against the Chiefs in Toowoomba on February 8.

"The boys have had a good break and have come back physically and mentally refreshed," Graham said.

"We've got five weeks before our first trial and this block will be very important to us and will go by quickly. "I've certainly enjoyed the intensity and enthusiasm of the boys so far and they've come back in a really good space."

Graham said that Cooper's boxing match on the 29th of January at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre against Warren Tresidder was not a distraction.

"Quade is not due back until next Monday and he has already done two sessions with us prior to Christmas and was back again yesterday," Graham told the Courier Mail.

"There's always a good transference between form in the Wallabies tour and form going back into the Super Rugby season."

"The likes of Quade, Will (Genia) and James were all in form towards the back end of that tour."

"For Quade it was a period where he went through injury and then began playing a lot of rugby and really starting to enjoy it."

"He put a lot of time into his rugby and was light on his feet and that reflected in his performance."

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